Sunday, 9 October 2011

Crowborough Athletic 2 v 3 Peacehaven and Telscombe

Saturday 8th October 2011
Sussex County League Division 1
Alderbrook, Crowborough
Admission and Programme: £6.00
Attendance: 92
Match Rating: 4

At the conclusion of the game at Jarvis Brook, I speedily made my way on foot westwards across the south side of Crowborough, and arrived at the Alderbrook just as the whistle blew at the end of the first half, with Peacehaven holding a 0-1 lead thanks to a penalty scored by Carl Dunk on 10 minutes.

By all accounts, the first half was a pretty tepid affair, however the game burst into life with three goals in ten minutes after the restart. First Crowborough equalised on 51 minutes when a long range shot by Harry Thompson took a wicked deflection off Tom Saunders which wrong-footed the goalkeeper and nestled into the net. Crowborough then took the lead within three minutes when a handball in the box saw a penalty awarded, which was converted by Tom Saunders for his second of the game, sending the keeper the wrong way by shooting into the bottom left corner. Having done the hard work in turning around a half time deficit into a lead, Crowborough then threw their advantage away by presenting Peacehaven with an equaliser almost straight from the kick off. The ball was pumped forwards and the Crowborough keeper Ben Head came racing to the corner of the penalty area, got in a complete mix-up with a couple of defenders, one of whom nodded the ball over Head, presenting Dan Smith with an open goal and an easy tap-in. On 68 minutes, Peacehaven went back into the lead with another messy goal from Crowborough's point of view, when a free-kick from just outside the corner of the penalty area was curled in low and took several deflections before trickling into the net just inside the post, for what will go down as an own goal, with Crowborough's Tom Boddy getting the final touch. A pattern clearly developed of Crowborough doing most of the attacking but with little quality, whilst Peacehaven did not threaten so often, but looked much more dangerous when they did. In the end, there was no further scoring and so Peacehaven held on for a narrow away win, which keeps them flying high in third place in the league, whilst Crowborough fall one place to thirteenth.

A description of the ground can be found on my earlier visit here, with no changes to the ground since then. The programme could be described similarly to my previous visit, looking very good and professional and all in colour, but with little interesting to read. It does however contain all the necessary stats and facts, including full team line-ups for every game played so far this season.

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